"Backing Up" Need-To-Know Info
As you learn how to drive a car, you need to constantly be aware of your surroundings when in the vehicle. Here are some tips for avoiding a back-over incident:
- Keep toys and other sports equipment off the driveway.
- Trim grass and bushes near the driveway so the driver can see pedestrians and they can see the driver too.
- Never leave children alone in or around cars - not even for a second! They are faster than you think and have no fear of what could happen.
- Keep vehicles locked at all times - even when they’re parked in the garage or driveway.
- Most driveways have slight inclines. Use your parking brake to ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll down the driveway accidentally.
- Make sure all child passengers leave the car after you park.
- Take the hands of small passengers until they are safely away from all vehicles.
- Keep your keys and remote device away from little ones. They aren’t toys.
- Be especially vigilant during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays.
Practice checking all around the car before you get in. Make this part of your Drivers Ed checklist. Look for more information in Chapter 5 of the workbook.
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How to Drive a Car: Dangers of Cell Phones, PDAs and Other Handheld Devices
When You’re in a Car: Talking on a Cell Phone is NOT the Same as Talking to Your Passenger.
It’s More Like Driving Drunk!
Hands free Cell Phone Conversations Create a Distraction to the Driver
When talking on cell phones while driving - brain activity is cut in half. The frontal cortex of the brain becomes overloaded and simply cannot process all the information it receives. The driver becomes less focused on keeping an eye out for any pedestrians or cyclists.
So why is it different when you’re talking to the passenger next to you?
Your passenger provides a second set of eyes on the road. They automatically stop talking as you approach an intersection and wait until you’re clear before they continue. They also point out obstacles you may not be aware of.
The person at the other end of the cell phone doesn’t know where you are or what you’re doing so they continue to talk regardless of what’s happening on the road. And you instinctively continue to listen – instead of giving that intersection ahead your full attention.